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Students from Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine wash feet of homeless in spirit of Holy Week
Barry StudentsMiami Shores, Fla. -- In the spirit of the Easter holiday and Holy Week, more than 20 students and podiatric physicians from Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine turned out to provide foot care and wash the feet of the homeless at the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Center’s second annual “Thanksgiving in March” event on Friday, March 21.
More than 1,000 people showed up to the event, which has proven to be enormously popular, according to Marilyn Brummitt, director of community development for Miami Rescue Mission, Inc/Broward Outreach Centers, who noted that the mission also gave away more than 2,000 pair of socks, nearly 600 Easter baskets and 1500 HOPE Totes filled with hygiene products.
The staff at the mission, she noted, came up with idea because they wanted to do something in addition to offering meals and felt washing feet in the tradition of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper would be a good idea and a symbol of humility. “It’s an incredibly moving event to witness,” she said, noting that Barry students washed feet and provided foot care at the mission’s three South Florida locations in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano Beach.
Dr. Chet Evans, dean of Barry’s School of Podiatric Medicine, added that while the spirit of the event is incredibly uplifting, it also provides an excellent opportunity for those who might not ordinarily be able to receive podiatric medical care. Students and podiatric physicians tended to the feet of the attendees by filing down nails, buffering off calluses and treating foot fungi with iodine.
“People who are homeless have other things than foot care on their mind, so often they don’t realize they have a problem until it’s too late and their feet really start to hurt,” said Dr. Oghale Eleyae, the 2007-2008 Sports Fellow at Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine. 
Diana Rogers, a fourth-year student and the 2008 class president, added that receiving proper foot care could perhaps serve as a catalyst for change in other areas of a person’s life.“After they get their feet washed, they might feel like it’s a brand new day for them. Maybe they can take that next step and start coming in here to Miami Rescue Mission, and maybe after that, going and helping someone else,” Rogers said.
The spirit of community service and compassion symbolized by the event is a hallmark of  Barry University and one that the podiatric medical students will continue to carry with them long after they graduate, noted Dean Evans.
“The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine was grateful to have the opportunity to provide foot washing and foot care for the many homeless in Miami-Dade and Broward counties through the Miami Rescue Mission,” Evans said.  “This is an important mission that we carry in our hearts every day to help the needy and as part of our heritage of community service at Barry University.”





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